Food & Drink in Bethesda

Half Off at The Parva Restaurant Bar & Lounge in Bethesda

Bethesda

$30 $15

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Globetrotting wine selection pairs with Latin American cuisine fusing Colombian, Peruvian, and Argentine influences

Up to 42% Off French Mediterranean Food at Brasserie Monte Carlo

Bethesda

$92 $54

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French Mediterranean dishes such as fettuccine carbonara and braised beef short ribs in a red-wine reduction

Lebanese Taverna Restaurant – Up to 50% Off

Bethesda

$20 $10

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Green-herb sauce enhances grilled lamb sharhat and lemon-cilantro-arak sauce washes over shrimp amid colored glass lanterns

Up to 45% Off Indian Cuisine at Indique Heights

Bethesda

$40 $24

Indian cuisine such as rice puff with noodles and tandoori small plates with shrimp, chicken, or lamb

Up to 53% Off Portuguese Cuisine at Tavira

Chevy Chase

$15 $7

(229)

Fragrant stews, marinated steaks, and fresh seafood dishes introduce palates to the rich culinary history of Portugal

Up to 40% Off Spanish Food at 100 Montaditos

Bethesda

$15 $9

(48)

In the tradition of tapas, small sandwiches filled with Spanish ham, veggies, or dozens of other options let you try a little of everything

$10 for Indian and Nepalese Food at Shangri-La

Shangri-La

$20 $10

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Chefs roast marinated meats and organic veggies in a clay tandoor oven, simmer piquant Nepalese curries, and roll out fluffy loaves of naan

40% Off at Pho D'Lite

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

(90)

Health-conscious dishes from all over Southeast Asia include pho and vermicelli bowls—noodles, spices, meat, and hot, richly seasoned broth

40% Off American Cuisine at The Woodside Deli

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

Six decades of made-to-order chocolate pancakes, cheesy meatball subs, and bacon-topped burgers with unlimited trips to the pickle bar

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream – Up to 59% Off

Multiple Locations

$34.08 $17

Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival with a scoop of Cherry Garcia ice cream, a cherry ice cream chock-full of cherries and fudge flakes

Lebanese Taverna Cafe – Up to 40% Off Lebanese Cuisine

Multiple Locations

$10 $6

Lebanese cuisine such as falafel, chicken shawarma sandwiches, and sampler platters of tabouleh, hummus, and kibbeh

Half Off West African Food at Roger Miller Restaurant

Silver Spring

$24 $12

(32)

West African dishes such as curry goat and traditional stews at a small eatery named for a beloved Cameroonian soccer star

Half Off at Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant

Silver Spring

$30 $15

(21)

Eatery serves classic vegetarian, lamb and beef dishes alongside injera bread in a community increasingly known for Ethiopian food

45% Off Italian Food at Assaggi Osteria

Mc Lean

$40 $22

(50)

Italian chef Domenico Cornacchia creates authentic food in trattoria-style eatery with raves from Viva Tysons and Washingtonian

49% Off at Potomac Wines and Spirits

Georgetown

$107.88 $55

(18)

A medium-bodied red that combines fruity notes with hints of Mediterranean herbs and a crisp white from a Sicilian vineyard

Up to 59% Off Wine at Crush Kitchen and Slate Wine Bar + Bistro

Multiple Locations

$120 $55

Themed evenings invite guests to sample six wines with accompanying cheese and charcuterie

49% Off Spanish Wine at Sheffield Wine & Liquors Shoppe

Chevy Chase

$107.88 $55

One dozen bottles of tempranillo or verdejo come imported from Spain

Ed Blaze and Friends – $5 for Standup Comedy

Pure Lounge

$10 $5

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Tanzania-born club veteran hosts evenings featuring up-and-coming and established comedians seen on Comedy Central, HBO, and BET

47% Off Gastropub Fare at Drafting Table

Logan Circle - 14th Street

$30 $16

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Small, well-executed plates of fried pickles, croque monsieur, and bacon wrapped dates pair well with craft beers and wine

40% Off Sushi and Asian-Fusion Meal at Fujimar Restaurant

Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown

$97 $58

Sashimi-grade, sustainable seafood such as flaky, buttery Hawaiian mero fish shipped in fresh from the West Coast pairs with house wine

Red Velvet Cupcakery – 44% Off One Dozen Cupcakes

Multiple Locations

$39.60 $22

Pastry chefs frost devil's food cupcakes with Valrhona chocolate ganache and bake vegan and gluten-free varieties

Up to 67% Off a Wine Mixer or Bottle Service

Dupont Circle

$10 $5

(47)

Stylish nightclub hosts weekly cocktail mixers or treats VIP tables to bottle service with mixers & spirits like Absolut vodka or Malibu rum

Up to 44% Off Subway Sandwiches

Subway

$19.58 $11

Freshly baked bread holds tasty ingredients such as meatballs, turkey breast, provolone cheese, and vegetables

Up to $36 Off Latin American Cuisine at Rumba Cafe

Adams Morgan

$40 $22

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Guests share Latin American tapas such as arepas, mofongo, and patacon rumba

51% Off Spanish Red Wine

Dupont Circle

$180 $89

Boutique liquor shop packs six bottles of a Spanish red with a 90+ score from Wine Advocate that has notes of woodsmoke, spice, and cherry

Up to 57% Off Wine or Whiskey Tasting

Brentwood - Langdon

$699.99 $299

Skilled wine and whiskey experts bring their best bottles to customers' homes, providing tastings as well as cheese or chocolate pairings

Up to a 43% Off Belgian Meal with Draft Beers at Sur La Place

Foxhall - Palisades

$68 $39

The Belgian eatery whips up 20-plus varieties of mussel and Belgian-style fries amid red drapes and exposed brick

Up to 50% Off Sweet Themez

Adams Morgan

$32 $16

Medley of cupcakes mingles sweet & sour lemon with sweet potato, red velvet, tres leches & peach crowned with ganache, frosting & preserves

40% Off at Pizza Mart

Adams Morgan

$10 $6

Chefs dish out famous jumbo slices, along with standard-sized pizzas topped with ingredients like roasted garlic, spinach, and feta

Up to 47% Off Asian Cuisine at Absolute Noodle

Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown

$30 $16

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Asian restaurant specializing in noodle dishes such as shrimp tempura, cherry tomatoes, and baby spinach tossed with fettuccine

45% Off at Tsunami Sushi & Lounge

Logan Circle - Shaw

$40 $22

Fresh crab, tuna, and salmon shine in inventive maki rolls alongside grilled Japanese dishes at a chic nightlife destination

Half Off Italian Mediterranean Cuisine at Lillies Restaurant and Bar

Lillies Cafe

$30 $15

(46)

Eastern European–influenced Italian Mediterranean dishes, such as lobster ravioli, goat-cheese panini, and greek omelets

Up to 50% Off Flyte Vodka at Central Liquors

Penn Quarter

$35 $19

Premium gluten-free vodka distilled with natural Canadian spring water in either original or maple-infused varieties

45%Off Ramen Dinner for Two at TAAN Noodles

Adams Morgan

$44 $24

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Enjoy appetizers such as shrimp rolls or spicy squid salad, plus bowls of duck confit, vegan, or pork belly ramen and a choice of dessert

Half Off New American Cuisine at Pound The Hill

Capitol Hill

$30 $15

(129)

Gourmet meat, seafood, and vegetarian dishes pair with craft beers and boutique wines amidst exposed brick walls and soft lighting

Up to 67% Off Club Entry and Drinks or Bottle Service at Shadow Room

Dupont Circle

$60 $20

(77)

Cocktails or bottle service in a tech-savvy club with smartphone drink ordering and tablets that request songs

Half Off at Cafe of India

Friendship Heights

$30 $15

(67)

Vegetarian stews, chickpea curries, and paneer alongside tandoori chicken, seafood masalas, and lamb curry

Up to 52% Off a Cherry Blossom Dinner or Brunch at Mezè

Adams Morgan

$86 $49

(166)

Celebrate DC's cherry-blossom blooms with a themed tasting menu, or eat and drink as much as you desire at a two-hour brunch

40% Off Indian Food at Rasoi Indian Kitchen

Downtown

$30 $18

Tandoori dishes and aromatic curries served amid metal statues and mint-hued walls

52% Off Pizza and Breadsticks at Jumbo Pizza

U Street - Cardozo

$22.75 $11

Specialty pies topped with ingredients such as pesto, roasted red peppers, and gorgonzola cheese

Up to 50% Off Lunch or Dinner at Sign of the Whale

Dupont Circle

$30 $15

(159)

Inventive pub food, from eggrolls filled with jerk chicken to burgers dipped in marinara sauce, served in a legendary bar amid 16 TVs

63% Off Drinks and Appetizers at Red Lounge Bar & Grill

U Street - Cardozo

$68 $25

Sip on a choice of cocktails and drinks while sharing appetizers such as the curry shrimp and grits or the fish and chips

Half Off Classic Diner Food at American City Diner

Chevy Chase-DC

$12 $6

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Designed in the mold of classic Americana diners, this 24-hour eatery serves breakfast, burgers, milkshakes, and malts all day long

Up to 45% Off Indian Cuisine at Indique

Cleveland Park

$40 $22

(553)

Inventive Indian dishes include tandoori salmon, grilled lamb chops marinated with house spices, and soft breads served with vegetable stew

Up to 60% Off at Khepra's Raw Food Juice Bar 

H Street - NoMa

$189 $79

(117)

Chef Anu prescribes raw meals and 16-ounce juices made from fresh coconut water, leafy greens, citrus, and seeds to cleanse bodies

Up to 51% Off a Sandwich Meal at White Apron Specialty Sandwiches

Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown

$26.26 $13

Sandwiches inspired by international flavors, such as the Greek Tuna with feta or the Chimichurri with roast beef and Argentine pesto

49% Off Beverages

Washington

$19.75 $10

Café pours out espresso, crafts lattes using organic and soy milks, and blends fruit smoothies

Up to 59% Off Soul Food at Langston Bar & Grille

Kingman Park

$68 $30

(74)

Southern-style feasts of fried fish, chicken and waffles, and grits served in a cozy lounge space with patio seating and a full-service bar

Up to 52% Off Ethiopian Cuisine at Axum Restaurant

U Street - Cardozo

$24 $12

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Spongy pieces of injera soak up the spicy and herb-filled stews of doro wat, split lentils, sautéed spinach, and tender lamb

50% Off Brunch and Drinks at fed Restaurant

Adams Morgan

$60 $29.99

Bottomless mimosas and bloody marys; unlimited upscale American brunch made with locally sourced, organic ingredients, plus live music

$8 at The Spice & Tea Exchange of Georgetown

Georgetown

$16 $8

(35)

Cooking apothecary houses shelves of gourmet spices, cooking herbs, naturally flavored salts, infused sugars, and loose-leaf teas

Half Off Indian Food at Aatish on the Hill

Capitol Hill

$6 $3

Chefs fill charcoal-heated, clay tandoor oven with halal meats and vegetables to add subtle smoke to traditional Indian and Pakistani food

50% Off Indian Cuisine at Flavors of India

Washington

$30 $15

(20)

Chefs draw inspiration from northern Indian recipes and culinary techniques, forging meaty, vegetarian, and vegan entrees for all palates

45% Off at Asian Spice

Downtown - Chinatown - Penn Quarter

$50 $27.50

(220)

Craft beers compliment dishes from Thailand, Japan, Korea, and beyond in a sleek three-floored dining room

Up to 50% Off Pub Food at Uptown Tap House

Washington

$40 $22

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As 20 HD TVs play the latest sports in the dining room, the pub’s cooks tirelessly craft their upscale take on classic bar food

Up to 57% Off a Master Gourmet Wine Seminar

Washington

$80 $39

(26)

Winery with top rankings in Virginia Wine Lover uses seminars to educate attendees on specific wine-related topics

Shaw's Tavern – Up to 50% Off Gastropub Cuisine 

U Street - Cardozo

$50 $25

(207)

Brick walls and rustic wood accents surround feasts of Angus burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, sweet St. Louis ribs, and jambalaya risotto

Up to 50% Off Twist Restaurant and Lounge

Georgetown

$20 $10

Miniature beef Wellington crowns tables with house-made mushroom ravioli & crab cakes in lemon grain mustard sauce in chic hotel dining room

Up to 47% Off at Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant

Adams Morgan

$30 $16

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Authentic Ethiopian décor surrounds diners as they use flat injera bread to scoop up traditional stew-like dishes that vary in spiciness

Up to 31% Off Burgers or Brunch

U Street

$56.45 $39

Take a bite out of custom burgers and signature frickles—fried pickles— or brunch benedicts and omelets with a spiked pitcher

Up to 51% Off Tapas and Sangria at Panache Restaurant

Panache

$79.80 $39

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Crab croquettes, scallop ceviche, and petite filet mignon are served next to refreshing sangria at eatery with bold red-and-white décor

45% Off Mexican Food at Haydee's Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$40 $22

(166)

Steak fajitas, spicy wings, and tightly wrapped burritos fill bellies in a festive atmosphere featuring live music, dancing, and karaoke

Up to 60% Off Italian Dinner or Lunch at Ristorante i Ricchi

Dupont Circle

$169 $69

(166)

An award-winning chef recreates Tuscan flavors from her family's Italian-style trattoria

52% Off Six-Bottle Wine Assortment

Capitol Hill

$144.94 $69

Six 750ml bottles of specially selected wines, including an unwooded Australian chardonnay and other wines from France, Spain, and Italy

Pinkberry – 50% Off Frozen Yogurt

Multiple Locations

$10 $5

Refreshing premium frozen yogurt made with nonfat, hormone-free milk and crowned with fresh fruit cut daily and gourmet toppings

Up to 50% Off Wings at DC Wings

Washington

$20 $11

Jumbo traditional wings and boneless wings served by the pound and coated in such sauces as hot garlic, citrus chipotle, and Mouth on Fire

Up to 51% Off Standup Comedy

The Arena Stage

$57.50 $28

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"Bad Girl of Comedy" seen in "Borat" and The Katt Williams Comedy Tour takes the stage with support from Sampson McCormick

Up to 40% Off Bunny Hop Bar Crawl

Multiple Locations

$40 $26

Hop from bar to bar on an Easter-themed crawl; get exclusive drink specials at spots including Mad Hatter, Mighty Pint, and Recessions

45% Off Italian Cuisine at Paper Moon

Paper Moon

$40 $22

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Traditional Italian antipastos, pastas, and entrees

40% Off at Z-Burger

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

(356)

Burgers with a choice of 20+ toppings and milkshakes in 75 flavors

50% Off Latin American Cuisine and Margaritas at El Tamarindo

Adams Morgan

$40 $20

(202)

Authentic Salvadoran pupusas and tamales served with other Latin American dishes in a colorful, lively setting

Up to 50% Off 45-Minute Cherry Blossom Yacht Cruise

Pier 4

$30 $15

45-minute yacht cruise gives tour-goers a view of the cherry-tree blossoms; cash bar available

Unlimited Beer Tastings at Shamrock Beer Bash by Drink the District

The Yards

$50 $30

St. Paddy's Day fest offers unlimited green beer, tastings of 75+ beers, local food trucks, and live entertainment from Drink the District

Up to 43% Off Pan-Asian Cuisine for Dinner at Asia Bistro

Pentagon Row

$30 $17

(128)

Bountiful servings of steaming noodles or fresh, uncooked sashimi satiate diners nestled into comfy booths

Up to 46% Off Thai Food at Bangkok Bistro at Ballston

Ashton Heights

$30 $17

(122)

Chefs craft thai dishes such as panang curry with salmon and tiger shrimp with choice of spice levels

Half Off Italian Cuisine at Pines of Florence

Arlington Heights

$40 $20

Cooks stir housemade pasta, stuff sub sandwiches with meatballs and eggplant, and deep-fry calamari appetizers

$10 for Afghan Cuisine at Afghan Kabob House

Colonial Village

$15 $10

Charcoal-grilled kebabs with halal meats including marinated lamb, ground beef, and boneless chicken breast

50% Off Middle Eastern Cuisine at Darna Restaurant

Arlington

$40 $20

(34)

Middle Eastern cuisine from a variety of countries offers traditional meals of lamb, ground beef, and spice rice

Half Off American Food at Potomac Restaurant

Foxcroft Heights

$50 $25

In a sophisticated setting with two plasma TVs, diners down flatbread sandwiches, brawny burgers, and omelets

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Cooking began as a hobby for Reda Asaad. Along with his wife Nadia, the local Arabic teacher would often host barbecues for friends and students, feeding the masses with dishes such as his signature grilled chicken with a marinade of aromatic Middle Eastern spices. After friends and students alike continued to insist that the couple open a restaurant and share their recipes with the public, the Asaads founded Bistro LaZeez. They never lost sight of their cuisine’s backyard barbecue roots, though. As Reda explained to The Washington Post, “what I cook in the restaurant is what I cook at home.”

Garlic, coriander, cilantro, turmeric, and cardamom appear throughout the menu and reinforce its Mediterranean and Middle Eastern origins. In addition to roasting kebabs, all-natural lamb and tender beef, Reda still prepares his signature antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken dishes, which helped Bistro LaZeez earn a nod on Bethesda Magazine's 2013 list of 25 Favorite Ethnic Restaurants as well as win the magazine's 2010 award for Best Grilled Chicken. The selection also includes vegetarian items—such as traditional falafel and hummus—as well as a number of gluten-free dishes.

Although the menu is steeped in classic, homespun tradition, Bistro LaZeez’s dining room appears to embrace a more modern ambiance, complete with clean lines and a simple color scheme. Dark walnut chairs and olive green banquettes flank the room’s tables, which complement the neutral earth tones of the walls. Three small crystal chandeliers hang above the booth-lined wall, casting their light across the white marble bar and the sandy tiled floors.

8009 Norfolk Ave
Bethesda,
MD
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To say Capital Teas’ founders, Manelle and Peter Martino, know tea might be a bit of an understatement. Fifth-generation tea merchant Manelle’s great-great-grandfather, Francis Van Reyk, was a Dutch tea planter who immigrated in the 1870s to present-day Sri Lanka, where he planted and managed the Diyagama Tea Estate, from which the Martinos now source their Great Grandfather’s tea. Manelle’s family has been in the tea trade ever since, a tradition she has carried to her own specialty tea business, which has boutique locations throughout the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland area. Additionally, Peter has become a popular speaker at World Tea Expos, where he frequently educates and inspires the tea world.

In addition to tea from Sri Lanka, Capital Teas carries more than 200 loose teas and herbal infusions from 18 countries including India, China, Japan, Malawi, and Kenya. A sniffing wall dispenses wafts of black, oolong, and green teas, and knowledgeable employees drift around the store’s tasting stations to explain each flavor’s nuances.

Capital Teas also pairs customers with accompaniments such as teapots, infusers, treats, and artisanal honey. In-store patrons may sample free tea samples—which are brewed fresh daily—while online purchasers receive a free sample with every order.

4806 Bethesda Ave
Bethesda,
MD
US

Even though Portuguese explorers couldn't pronounce the Swahili name for the African bird's eye chili—pili-pili—the sailors fully embraced its flavor shortly after landing in the region known today as Mozambique. Intrigued by the small, fiery pepper, they combined it with aromatic doses of herbs, garlic, and lemon to create the first peri-peri sauce. That sauce eventually became a wildly popular marinade for poultry, and the tasty concoction made its way to South Africa over the next several centuries. There, in 1987, two friends decided to honor this culinary legacy by founding the first Nando's Peri-Peri restaurant. The eatery continued to remain true to its South African roots, even while expanding to encompass locations in 24 countries across four continents.

Beginning with fresh chickens that never see the inside of a kitchen freezer, the chefs furtively marinate the birds in a secret peri-peri sauce for 24 hours before grilling them over an open flame. Diners dictate the heat level of their order, requesting that the grilled chicken arrive relatively mild or that wings be slathered with even more incendiary spices. The succulent chicken can be plated with hearty side dishes—such as Portuguese-style rice with herbs and peppers or peas with mint—or served in the form of a sandwich, wrap, or pita. To complement the menus' African flavors, Nando's worldwide locations collectively feature more than 4,000 pieces of African artwork.

4839 Bethesda Ave
Bethesda,
MD
US

BGR The Burger Joint’s burgers start with high-quality ingredients—most importantly, all-natural beef from grain-fed cattle, free to run in the fields and given zero hormones, fillers, or antibiotics. The prime beef is dry-aged, blended, and ground fresh to form patties that are grilled over an open flame, and then placed atop buttery, locally made brioche buns delivered fresh each day. The menu focuses on the Legendary Burger, which includes gourmet toppings such as avocado, applewood bacon, and grilled jalapenos. For nonbeef eaters, the menu's selection of burgers also includes turkey and veggie varieties, as well as The Greek, a seasoned lamb patty topped with tzatziki and feta. Burgers are also available in a lettuce wrap or on a salad in a healthy salad bowl.

Diners can request all of BGR The Burger Joint's freshly made fries—from thick-cut yukon gold potatoes to asparagus fries—be topped with parmesan, rosemary, roasted garlic, or a tiny tiara. The staff hand-spins shakes with Gifford's or Breyers ice cream to create extra-thick treats for finishing off meals, and some shops curate their own selection of bottled vintage sodas and offer beer and wine.

4827 Fairmont Ave
Bethesda,
MD
US

Perhaps it was his own voyage across the Atlantic Ocean as a child that inspired Italian chef Tony Marciante's seafood-heavy menu at his eponymous restaurant. Broiled scallops, jumbo shrimp, pure-lump crab cake, cod, and freshwater trout populate the dinner selection, making the filet mignon, chicken scaloppini, and vegetable medley stand out. In his entrees, Chef Tony aims to use sustainable seafood and produce, organic meats, and artisan foods when possible, so the menu changes regularly to correspond with what is in season. The kitchen also accommodates those adhering to gluten-free or vegan diets and those who have never gotten over the scary asparagus scene in Jaws. As soft jazz music plays and colorful lights twinkle over cloth-covered tables, Chef Tony Restaurant easily shifts from a bustling dinner scene to a lunch and Sunday-morning brunch spot. Bartenders pour bottomless mimosas for early-morning eaters, and complimentary WiFi keeps businesspeople from talking noisily on their tin-can phones.

4926 Saint Elmo Ave
Bethesda,
MD
US

As a 12-year-old restaurant apprentice, central Italy native Domenico Cornacchia crafted his first pastas and authentic Italian specialties by hand. Since then, he has honed his culinary skills in Swiss, French, and American kitchens, finally opening Assaggi Mozzarella Bar in 2008. There, chef Cornacchia and his chef de cuisine, Michele Lisi, pair mozzarellas from Italy, California, and Virginia with toppings such as homemade green-tomato marmalade and grilled zucchini. Cornacchia—who is “a whiz with pasta,” according to the Washingtonian—also tosses and fills homemade noodles with produce sourced from Amish farms, seafood, veal, and beef. Homemade desserts such as ice creams and sorbets complement authentic Italian meals, which, like Julia Child's short-lived attempt to serve food by slingshot, unfold in a dining room with an open kitchen.

4838 Bethesda Ave
Bethesda,
MD
US